I've met a lot of hard boiled eggs in my life, but you, you're twenty minutesDouglas brings a brittle, cynical edge to Tatum that carries the movie forward. As far as he's concerned there is nothing really worth considering outside of New York City. His vision of "journalism" is far more show business that classic news business. And the star of the show must always be Chuck Tatem. In a day and age when journalistic standards are under heavy assault, if they haven't been made nearly extinct already, this movie feels very up to date. Tatum pulls out all the stops, tries to control all access to the story, the spin of the story and finds every possible way to cash in. Even to the detriment of everyone around. Like any catastrophe Tatum damages everything and everyone near him.
There was a lot of great things going on behind the scenes in this one as well. Billy Wilder produced, co-wrote and directed this movie. For the real movie geek, the costumes in this movie were done by legendary, eight time Oscar winning designer Edith Head. The result is a movie that The Hollywood Reporter called "ruthless and cynical". At the time, the critics (who were all newspaper reporters) didn't have much good to say about the movie. Audiences didn't like it much either. Paramount Studios tried to revive ticket sales by changing the name to "The Big Carnival" without consulting Wilder.
As the years have gone by Wilder's vision seems more and more prescient.
You won't be rooting for the movie's "hero" but you won't be able to take your eyes of him either.
Rating - ***** Highest Recommendation